The House of Representatives has resolved to investigate alleged encroachment/illegal structures erected on Federal Government Infrastructure across the country.
This resolution followed the adoption of a motion moved by Hon. Ibrahim Isiaka, calling attention of the House to the “Need to investigate the Encroachment and illegal structures on Federal Government property”.
The lawmaker in his presentation stated that the menace of interloper, developers, farmers, land grabbers, hoodlums and destitute encroaching on the developed or undeveloped property of government in Nigeria, has become a worrisome development in the country.
He noted that, it is an inalienable fundamental human right of every Nigerian citizen to acquire and own land in any part of Nigeria as stated in Section 43 of Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), and Section 7 of the Land Use Act, 1978.
Hon. Isiaka reminded the House that, Section 44 of Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) states that “no movable or immovable (land and developments on it) can be taken compulsorily in any part of Nigeria except in the manner and for the purposes prescribed by a law.”
While frowning at the illegal act of encroachment on structures of federal government, the lawmaker again noted that, “all land owned by the Federal Government in States are being used by Federal Ministries Departments and Agencies and that such Lands are administered by the President through the relevant Ministers and not the State Governors.”
Considering the points raided by the Lawmaker, the House expressed worry over critical Infrastructure of government such as Educational Institutions, Airports, Railway
Terminals and Tracks, as well as Pipelines,Training Farms and sundry economic trees, plantations that are being encroached and illegally occupied by Individuals and Corporate Organizations which quit notice was issued to the illegal settlers over the years, but have not obeyed.
The House therefore resolves that Ad–hoc Committee in charge of investigating Abandoned Federal Government Properties across the nation should provide compendium of all illegally encroached Federal Government Abandoned Properties across the nation and overseas.
The House also resolved to probe forceful acquisition of all Federal Government Properties by individuals and Corporate Organizations across the country and, overseas and report back within six (6) weeks for further legislative action.
The Lawmakers concluded that, “establishment of rights and title over and use of land is key to infrastructure projects where a private service provider is investing in assets attached to land and private lenders to seek security over those assets, and the government will also be anxious to ensure that it is able to maintain title in public assets and obtain title to assets that it or the public is paying for over time.”
“A system that is unreliable or does not afford protections to land users will discourage private sector investment and raise concerns for the Government” the motion added.